Forty years is a long time. The world has changed considerably in the past forty years. Having a 40th anniversary not only causes much reflection on the relationship and partnership with my sweetheart. In fact, it has made me look back on many other things. How were things back then compared to now?
David and Julianne 1979 in Monument Valley
In this post I am not going to focus so much on my marriage to Julianne. Rather, I want to focus on what the world was for us back in 1979 and look at things today in comparison. Part 2 will look at how things have changed for the two of us over the past forty years.
Here are a few highlights from 1979. Do you remember?
Jimmy Carter was the US President
Need a dollar? This coin could get you a little more than a gallon gas back in 1979
Gas was 86 cents per gallon, but there were shortages and lines
A few other prices from 1979
Rental prices were about $280 per month
On July 15, 1979 Donna Summer’s Bad Girls was the number one song and Album
Number one movie on July 15, 1979 was Dracula starring Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier
On July 15, 1979 Sophie’s Choice was the #1 Best Seller
The best selling car of 1979 was the Oldsmobile Cutlass
The McDonald’s Happy Meal was born in 1979 and was only a dollar
Three’s Company was the most popular SitCom in 1979
Diet Coke did not yet exist, but MelloYello was introduced in 1979
Nickelodeon was launched in 1979. No Rugrats back then folks.
ESPN was also launched in 1979. There were lots of repeat programs on back then.
Trivial Pursuit question…when was it introduced? Yep…1979
Apocalypse Now was the top movie of 1979
The Dukes started flying their red car in 1979 on TVs across America
I got my first Sony Walkman in 1985, but the first edition arrived in 1979
And lots of people were listening to My Sharona by The Knack. It was Billboard’s #1 song of 1979
And here are a few more of the songs that people were listening to on their radios and Walkmans in 1979
Looks a bit different from a laptop. The Atari 400 was introduced in 1979. It had 48K max capacity. The photo above is nearly 100K!!
The Dead Zone by Stephen King was released in 1979
Some of the top albums of 1979. Have you heard of these?
Tostitos were brand new in 1979!
Pittsburgh reigned in 1979 – The Super Bowl Champs were the Pittsburgh Steelers. The World Series Champs were the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Penguins WERE NOT in the Stanley Cup finals for the NHL however.
One of the most famous matchups in NCAA basketball championship history took place in 1979 when Michigan State, led by Magic Johnson, met Indiana State, led by Larry Bird. Michigan State won the game 75-64 and Magic Johnson was the MVP.